Rita Mangione-Smith, MD, MPH, was appointed vice president for research and health care innovation at Kaiser Permanente Washington and executive director of Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) in August 2019. She is also a senior investigator at the institute, pursuing research on improving care for children and others throughout the life course.
A pediatrician, Dr. Mangione-Smith’s research to date has focused primarily on assessing quality of care and then developing, evaluating, and implementing quality improvement interventions in areas such as transitions between sites of care and hospital-based care for respiratory illness and mental health.
She has also conducted extensive research on doctor-parent communication, studying how interactions influence the decision to prescribe antibiotics for acute respiratory illness in pediatric outpatient settings. Based on this work, she has developed a multifaceted quality improvement intervention for outpatient providers called Dialogue Around Respiratory Illness treatment (DART).
Dr. Mangione-Smith has a passion for developing learning health systems where scientists and clinicians collaborate on research programs that can drive the improvement of health care delivery, quality, and cost.
Before her work at Kaiser Permanente Washington, Dr. Mangione-Smith served as an investigator in the Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and Hospital Medicine in the University of Washington (UW) Department of Pediatrics. She was also director of the Quality Improvement Scholars Program at the UW Department of Pediatrics and Seattle Children’s Hospital.
An accomplished organizational leader, Dr. Mangione-Smith is recognized for her work as an active teacher and mentor. At the UW, she established a division-wide mentorship program for junior faculty that has been highly successful. She also developed several collaborative working groups across the UW Division of General Pediatrics and Hospital Medicine focused on enhancing the quality and safety of care across six outpatient and six inpatient clinical sites.
In 2018, AcademyHealth, the nation’s premiere health services association, honored Dr. Mangione-Smith with its “Child Health Interest Group Life Time Achievement Award,” recognizing her significant and lasting contributions to child health services research. She also received the 2017 Academic Pediatric Association Research Award, the organization’s highest award for research excellence and achievement.
Dr. Mangione-Smith is an affiliate professor in the Department of Health Services at the UW School of Public Health.
She is also a professor in the Department of Health System Science at Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine.
Bryan MA, Tyler A, Zhou C, Williams DJ, Johnson DP, Kenyon CC, Haq H, Simon TD, Mangione-Smith R. Associations between quality measures and outcomes for children hospitalized with bronchiolitis. Hosp Pediatr. 2020;10(11):932-940. doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2020-0175. PubMed
Kronman MP, Gerber JS, Grundmeier RW, Zhou C, Robinson JD, Heritage J, Stout J, Burges D, Hedrick B, Warren L, Shalowitz M, Shone LP, Steffes J, Wright M, Fiks AG, Mangione-Smith R. Reducing antibiotic prescribing in primary care for respiratory illness. Pediatrics. 2020 Aug 3:e20200038. doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-0038. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Dublin S, Wartko P, Mangione-Smith R. Studying medication safety in pregnancy: a call for new approaches, resources, and collaborations. Pediatrics. 2020 Jul;146(1):e20201540. doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-1540. Epub 2020 Jun 8. PubMed
Foster CC, Simon TD, Qu P, Holmes P, Chang JK, Ramos JL, Koutlas A, Rivara FP, Melzer SM, Mangione-Smith R. Social determinants of health and emergency and hospital use by children with chronic disease. Hosp Pediatr. 2020;10(6):471-480. doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2019-0248. PubMed
Desai AD, Zhou C, Haaland W, Johnson J, Lion KC, Lopez MA, Williams DJ, Kenyon CC, Mangione-Smith R, Johnson DP. Social disadvantage, access to care, and disparities in physical functioning among children hospitalized with respiratory illness. J Hosp Med. 2020 Feb 11;15(2):e1-e8. doi: 10.12788/jhm.3359. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
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